Christian Marclay’s “The Clock” is both the ultimate feature film and a performance piece of artwork you can set your watch by. The Swiss-American artist has edited together thousands of clips from well known movies containing clocks, watches or references to the time… one or more for every minute of the day, into a 24-hour epic video. It’s been called a “mesmerizing patchwork that moves forward in time as it dances back and forth across film history.”
The Clock” is being shown at London’s Tate Modern starting week. Visitors can see it for FREE until January 20th, in a screening room that can sit 150 people on comfy couches. The Tate is planning several all-night openings so that it can be shown in its entirety – all 24 hours. Since it was completed in 2010, “The Clock” has taken on legendary status, watched by thousands of people around the world — including a hardcore few who have seen it all in one sitting. The creator, Christian Marclay places strict conditions on how it is to be shown. It must always be synched to the actual time, so that midnight onscreen, coincides with midnight in the screening room. Here’s a brief sample:
If you want to experience it the way it was intended, play the video at exactly 0.04 pm, local time.